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Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete & La mort de Cleopatre Hybrid SACD - DSD

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Robin Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording. A pupil of Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis, Robin's reputation as one of the generation's best conductors was assured when he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.

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'No. 1 Classical Album of 2013' The Glasgow Herald
 
Gramophone Recording of the Month:
'One of the striking facets of Ticciati's conducting and the SCO's playing in Les nuits d' été is the clarity and detail that springs from the score...The refined, natural calibration of dynamics and the supple weaving of the orchestral fabric are an absolute joy.'

The Times
'This is Berlioz up close and personal, and wonderful to behold.'

Infodad
'...very impressive indeed.'

Opera News
'... she moves between soft-edged delicacy and a glamorous steeliness with ease...'

Musica
'…l'ottima Scottish Chamber, ma certamente colpisce, in questo CD, il ricorso continuo a tinte astello, il rifiuto totale dell'enfasi, del canto spiegato e la ricerca della sobrieta`, dell'eleganza.'

Limelight
'I can't imagine even the best chamber orchestra playing with such luxuriance and control.'

AllMusic.com
'Cargill's marquee performance of Les nuits d'été is breathtaking.'

American Record Guide
'...penetrating and intimate...'

MusicWeb International
'This is an outstanding disc…there's a delightful transparency to the orchestra textures at all times.'

BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'It's an excellent display of the richness of her voice and the vocal and dynamic range. And the playing while the chamber scale sucks us into the heart of the poetry with the really clean, clear sound the Scottish Chamber Orchestra can produce.'

International Record Review
'Karen Cargill is up against some illustrious mezzo competition on disc, yet her ravishing account of Les nuits d'ete ranks up there with the best of them.'

MusicWeb International
'I was completely entranced…sounds excellent.'

The Arts Desk
'Robin Ticciati achieves exactly the right lightness, the delicacy, in a song cycle which should ideally delight as much as it moves. He's well matched by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill…Best of all is L'île inconnue; Cargill's “Où voulez-vous aller?” is impossible to resist.'

The Independent
'...a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy...'

Sinfini Music
'...the technical command and hyper-accurate tuning are bombproof.'

Financial Times
'Not since Régine Crespin 50 years ago has this music been so attractively interpreted...'

Financial Times
 Robin Ticciati's grasp of the music's romantic bloom is one of this disc's attractions

The Guardian
'...wonderfully controlled and exquisitely shaded...'

SA-CD.net
'One does not need to have heard this work before (or to understand French) to appreciate the stopping of the beating heart rhythm to know what this symbolises.'

The Times
'...piercing clarity of colour and texture; heightened drama; increased tenderness and intimacy.'

BBC Music Magazine
  '...contributes an air of freshness and immediacy which I greatly enjoyed.'

The Sunday Times
[Cargil's] Nuits d'ete and Cleopatra suggest a Trojans Dido of stature in the making.

AllMusic.com
'...this is one of the best recordings of Les nuits d'été available.'

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Robin Ticciati
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (April 30, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Linn
  • ASIN: B009G7WU74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 15, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have been listening recently to a lot of versions of this, my favourite song cycle by a favourite composer. I seem to be in a minority - although by no means alone - in not much enjoying the classic recording by soprano Régine Crespin, whose voice I find grainy and even scratchy, whereas Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill's delivery is as smooth and smoky as a Laphroaig single malt. She is the most subtle of artists, and whereas I found the smaller-voiced Susan Graham a little too under-stated in her interpretation, I hear a pulsing passion and intensity in Cargill's interpretation. Key moments, such as the concluding lament of the wordless "Ah!" in a key song like "Sur les lagunes", are delivered with great intensity and a boundless, yearning melancholy. She can plumb the depths for "comme un linceul" in the same song but also lighten her voice credibly for "Villanelle". The flickering vibrato is a delight - never a wobble or a slide - and as a listener, one never experiences a moment's uneasiness about her ability to encompass the tessitura or the expressive range of these immensely varied songs. This is an account to stand beside those by Janet Baker, Frederica Von Stade, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Jessye Norman - as you might have gathered, I prefer my "Nuits d'été" with the unity conferred upon the songs when sung by a great mezzo-soprano or a soprano falcon. Cargill's French sounds flawless to me; it is certainly very confident and idiomatic.

About young Robin Ticciati's direction I am marginally less enthused, not because I object to anything about his tempi, phrasing or balances but because he is so evidently a convert to the kind of period practice which dogmatically eschews vibrato in his strings.
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Until I heard this recording, Régine Crespin's recording of Les Nuits d'Été was the be-all and end-all; it was simply impossible for me to imagine anything better. Well, Mme. Crespin will need to make room on her pedestal, because Karen Cargill is simply wonderful.

I first noticed Ms. Cargill when I watched the Met's broadcast of Les Troyens. For my money, she was at least as good as - if not better than - Susan Graham, so I decided to see what else she'd done and found this and a few other recordings. I don't know if I can say I discovered her, but let's just say I'm so glad I found her. She has a wonderfully warm and expressive voice; it can be delicate or huge, and she handles the transitions between the two, as well as the French accent and elisions, spectacularly well. And because she's a mezzo, she can handle the lower notes arguably better than Crespin.

I'd have loved to have Ravel's Scheherazade on this recording, but in lieu of direct competition with Crespin's, Ms. Cargill has opted for an all-Berlioz recording with the "La Mort de Cléopâtre, and it's simply amazing. Maybe she'll do the Ravel on another recording at some point - one can only hope.

Similarly, Ansermet's conducting of L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romand is easily matched by Robin Tocciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. I'm not familiar with either, but I can't wait to hear more.

Finally, the sound quality of this recording is extraordinary - the extra bucks you pay for an SACD are well worth it.

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By J. Snowden on August 21, 2014
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I've heard about 20 versions of this work over 4 decades and this effort is ok but for the very best you have to go to Brigitte Balleys and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson both of whom bring high poetry and a sense of occasion to their performances. The Balleys recording is unspeakably beautiful. If it's not perfect then nothing is. The Hunt Lieberson is a public performance with mediocre sound but one cannot resist her singing anyway. Like Von Otter she knows how to get inside a song and draw you in. If you love this music then you must have both recordings, plus the classy Regine Crespin issue. And throw in Cargill for her "La Mort de Cleopatre" which is gorgeously sung.
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Les Nuits D'Éte is one of my favourite orchestral song cycles. I have several recordings and I strongly recommend this one !
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